- Lab-grown burger from bovine stem cells could be on sale within 5 – 6 years
- In 2013, the team cooked and ate a burger that cost € 215,000(AED 870,000) to produce the 142g ‘cultured beef’ patty, developed at Maastricht University, Netherlands was lightly fried in a butter and oil and took three months to grow.
But scientists believe that they have a viable alternative that doesn’t involve sacrificing your steak for Quinoa or lentils. A Dutch team claim that their lab-grown burger made from bovine stem cells could be on sale within five years.
Next, the cells are incubated in a nutrient ‘broth’ until they multiply many times over, creating a sticky tissue.
This is then bulked up through the laboratory equivalent of exercise — it is anchored to Velcro and stretched.
Finally, 20,000 strips of the meat are minced and mixed with salt, breadcrumbs, egg powder and natural red colourants to form an edible patty.
The head of the new firm, Peter Verstrate, said in an interview with the BBC: ‘I feel extremely excited about the prospect of this product being on sale.
‘I am confident that we will have it on the market in five years,’ he said.
He went on to explain that the ‘meat’ would initially only be available as an exclusive product but would be on supermarket shelves once a demand and reasonable price had been established.
In a video message played to attendees, he said: ‘Sometimes when technology comes along, it has the capability to transform how we view our world.’